Clean Room Volunteers in Action!

Happy Friday, friends!

It’s been a while since we’ve given you an update on how everything is going with our new clean room. Now is the perfect time because we recently had a wonderful group in from Cherwell and we were able to get some pictures of them in action.

The Cherwell team spent their day packaging pasta. While half of the group worked together scooping, measuring, and pouring the pasta into small, plastic packages, the other half properly sealed and labeled the bags. There was some great team work going on!

Our clean room allows us to purchase foods in bulk and repackage it into smaller servings. What’s great about this process is that it’s cheaper to buy food in bulk, so we’re able to stretch our dollars and provide more meals for our neighbors in need.

As you can see from the pictures above, we have some high food-safety standards. Not only is the room completely sealed off from the rest of the distribution center, but volunteers have to “scrub up” like doctors. They thoroughly wash their hands and remove all jewelry and accessories. They also wear hairnets, gloves and, jackets. It’s a really neat experience.

The Cherwell group packaged nearly half a pallet of pasta, which is more than 300 pounds!

We can’t say this enough: thank you to the Daniels Fund for the generous grant that made the clean room possible.

And of course, thank you to the volunteers helping us fight hunger!

We are always looking for more groups of volunteers to work in the clean room. Click here if you are interested.

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